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Wisconsin Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Wisconsin, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunt zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Wisconsin is known for quality whitetail deer hunting and now newly managed elk hunts. Wisconsin has long been a premier destination for deer, turkey, and upland bird hunters.

Terrain

Wisconsin’s terrain has vast and diverse geography known for its landforms created by glaciers during the Wisconsin glaciation 17,000 years ago. The state includes everything from forests and farmlands to vast sandy plains. The state can be divided into five geographic regions—Lake Superior Lowland, Northern Highland, Central Plain, Eastern Ridges and Lowlands, and Western Upland. Wisconsin is 65,496 square miles, making it the 23rd-largest state in the country.

Wisconsin Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bear
Bear – Zone A, B, D
With aid of bait and all other legal methods not including dogs
Sep 7, 2022 Sep 13, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone C, E, F
Dogs not permitted. Bait and other legal methods are permitted.
Sep 7, 2022 Oct 11, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone A, B, D
With aid of dogs, bait, and all other legal methods
Sep 14, 2022 Oct 4, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone A, B, D
With aid of dogs only
Oct 5, 2022 Oct 11, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Period 1
Statewide.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Period 2
Statewide.
Dec 26, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
Continuous open season.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery and Crossbow
Includes archery and crossbow equipment.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery and Crossbow
Metro Sub Units Only.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Disabled Hunters
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities. Not a statewide season.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Hunt
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Deer
Deer – Antlerless Hunt
Statewide.
Dec 8, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – Holiday Hunt
Antlerless only. Open only in select Farmland (Zone 2) counties. Please see deer regulations booklet for valid units.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Dove
Mourning Dove
Daily Bag limit: 15
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early Teal Season
Statewide
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 9, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Statewide
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – Northern Zone
Sep 24, 2022 Nov 22, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early South Zone
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late South Zone
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – Open Water Zone
Green Bay and Lake Michigan
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 13, 2022
Elk
Elk – Early Season
Clam Lake Elk Management Zone
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Elk
Elk – Late Season
Clam Lake Elk Management Zone
Dec 8, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Fox
Fox – Red & Gray
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early
Canada geese, Snow/blue geese, and Ross’ geese.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – Northern Zone
North exterior zone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose
Sep 16, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Goose
Goose – Southern Zone 1
South exterior zone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose.
Sep 16, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early MS River
Mississippi River subzone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – Southern Zone 2
South exterior zone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – Late MS River
Mississippi River subzone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Goose
Goose – Southern Zone 3
South exterior zone. Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Blue Goose, Ross Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brant Goose
Dec 18, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse Zone A
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse – Zone B
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 8, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant
Statewide. Opens 9 a.m.
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite quail
Statewide. Opens 9 a.m.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail Milwaukee County
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail Northern Zone
Sep 17, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail Southern Zone
Opens 9 a.m.
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth
Youth only
Apr 16, 2022 Apr 17, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period A
Apr 20, 2022 Apr 26, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period B
Apr 27, 2022 May 3, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period C
May 4, 2022 May 10, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period D
May 11, 2022 May 17, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period E
May 18, 2022 May 24, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Period F
May 25, 2022 May 30, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Zones 6 & 7
Zones 6, 7
Sep 17, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Zones 1-5
Zones 1-5
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Upland Bird
Woodcock
Sep 24, 2022 Nov 7, 2022
Upland Bird
Hungarian partridge
Statewide. Season opens at 9am. (Closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties.)
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 8, 2023

Wisconsin Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Wisconsin hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Wisconsin hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Wisconsin hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunt zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Wisconsin.

Hunting Zones

Wisconsin has four Hunt Zones, also known as Deer Management Zones (DMZ) or Turkey Zones, based on different habitat types: Northern Forest, Central Forest, Central Farmland and Southern Farmland. Click below to view Wisconsin’s hunt zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

WI Private Lands Preview

WI Private Lands

Over 2,500,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Wisconsin. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

WI Gov Lands Preview

WI Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 7,200,000 acres in Wisconsin to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

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WI Hunt Zones

Wisconsin Deer Management Units, Deer Management Zones, Bear and Turkey Hunt Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 5 Sublayers

  • Bear
  • Deer Mgmt Units
  • Deer Mgmt Zones
  • Turkey
  • Clam Lake Elk Range
WI Possible Access Preview

WI Possible Access

onX has mapped 660,000 acres of possible access lands in Wisconsin including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

WI CWD Sample and Disposal Locations Preview

WI CWD Sample and Disposal Locations

Chronic Wasting Disease(CWD) Sampling Locations. Local self-service Kiosks to get your deer sampled for CWD

WI Forest Tax Law Preview

WI Forest Tax Law

Wisconsin Forest Tax Law is comprised of both forest tax and forest managed law lands. This layer only shows land that is open to access to hunters in both programs.

WI Forest Legacy Lands Preview

WI Forest Legacy Lands

Wisconsin Forest Legacy Lands enrolled in the Forest Legacy Program. Check local Fish and Game for hunting access in these areas.

WI Voluntary Public Access Preview

WI Voluntary Public Access

Wisconsin DNR Voluntary Public Access Program. On-the-ground boundary signs override boundaries shown in DNR and third-party web mapping applications and should be respected.

WI Turkey Hunting Access Program Preview

WI Turkey Hunting Access Program

Wisconsin DNR Turkey Hunting Access Program. On-the-ground boundary signs override boundaries shown in DNR and third-party web mapping applications and should be respected.

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WI Game Bird

WI Game Bird Layer. Shows Areas suitable for Ruffed Grouse, Woodcock, Pheasant Stocking areas, and Dove fields. View local regulations before hunting.


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